Monday, January 25, 2016

{My Parties} Bohemian Butterfly Shower

I'm sharing a party today that's very close to my heart. 
It's my baby sister's baby shower!
My sister spent 7 years in NYC working in fashion merchandising before she moved home to Memphis to start her family, so I knew that this theme was going to be something unique. Her style is very different than mine!
In fact, I joked during the entire process that she was going to be my toughest client to date!
She knew from the very start that she wanted a vintage bohemian butterfly theme. She loves mid-century style, macrame,  and natural pieces, so it gave me a good direction to go in. We found some beautiful Martha Stewart butterfly stickers at Michael's and they were the perfect palette of gold, orange, and baby blue, so that set the entire theme in motion. 
We spent several months scavenging antique stores and estate sales for unique, vintage pieces to incorporate into the theme. 
One of my favorite finds was this unfinished needlework butterfly from the 1960s/70s. Since it was completed, but raw on the edges, I glued it to two dowels and added yarn tassels to make a cute door hanging to welcome the guests. And now, it hanging on baby Riv's nursery door!
She very specifically didn't want a backdrop, per say, so my husband made this PVC frame for me to be able to hang things from. 

#butterfly #babyshower #boho #bohemian #vintage
 I tried to incorporate a lot of fun little details and tributes to our deceased grandmothers into the shower. Little Baby Rivington Eloise is named after one of our grandmothers. This tablecloth was my grandmothers and had literally been collecting dust in my attic for years. Its not my style and I was keeping it just to have it. But, I decided to bring it out and use it for this shower, but modernize it. So, I dipped part of it in dye! This dye is specifically for synthetic materials and it worked like a charm!

For the backdrop, my brilliant sister made these three gorgeous natural macrame hangings from driftwood that she scavenged from along the banks of the Mississippi. She added greenery, twine, yarn, feathers, and paper butterflies. Aren't they lovely? I love the natural element that they brought to the table design. 
For extra elements, I added the yarn pieces that I made with embroidery hoops. 

I shopped everywhere for this shower and came across this perfect monarch butterfly glass serving dish at Tuesday Morning one day. I loved that Lyndsay could use it in Baby Riv's room one day. 
On it, I served these absolute tiny works of art! Nicole at Bella's Bakery made these absolutely beautiful tiny mini- chocolate covered Oreos with hand painted butterflies. Wow, right? 



Another fun item I found at Tuesday Morning were these gorgeous plates! I might have jumped up and down and squealed in the middle of the store. 
I took Lyndsay and Chris' baby pictures and framed them in these frames from Michael's. I painted them from the original white and added some of those Martha Stewart butterfly stickers to the corners. 

Lyndsay's friend Katie gifted her with these beautiful cookies from our friend Amanda at Semi Sweet Confections. They were so tiny and gorgeous. Everyone at the shower commented on how beautiful and delicious they were! And there were almost NONE left! 


My friend Eleanor at Pink Peppermint Paper custom designed these stunning invitations for Lyndsay. They are inspired by a Damien Hirst piece that Lyndsay loves.  Aren't they gorgeous? 

Ever since we decided on the butterfly theme, I knew I wanted to do a cake covered in sugar butterflies. I have had a crush on Sugar Robot for years and I have been waiting patiently to be able to have a theme where I could use their beautiful sugar paper butterflies. 
They did a custom order for my in party colors, and this might be my favorite cake ever, ever, ever. The cake itself is from Oh My Ganache Bakery and it was a delicious lemon cake with cream cheese icing. 

I purchased these kraft paper boxes and added more of the butterfly stickers for anyone who wanted to take some cake or cookies home with them.  Lyndsay's sisters-in-law were kind enough to help me with the food for the shower, bringing yummy dip, pasta salad, and assorted finger sandwiches cut into the shape of a butterfly of course!

It's really not fair that she can look that cute at 8 months pregnant, is it? 

For the beverage stations, I made a large wall hanging with yarn and a piece of the driftwood. 
I added the letters using my Silhouette. And of course, threw in some butterflies!

We served yummy Mimosas and punch to our guests and throwing in another nod to my grandmother, we served it from her vintage vanity. 
I moved my breakfast table out of added two small 48" round tables with chairs for the guests. I added a simple neutral cloth with a little bit of shimmer as well. 

The gorgeous florals were done by my friends L&Jay Productions. I love these color in these. They tied in perfectly with our color palette!



For the gift opening area, I made some beautiful yarn tassel banners to hang from my fireplace. These were made by dipping the complete tassels into synthetic orange dye. I love how they turned out! I made the banner using a pre-made cloth banner from Hobby Lobby and adding kraft paper letters (and butterflies of course!)




Lyndsay brought over her peacock chair, and I added tassels to it too! It was the perfect centerpice to highlight her opening presents!

AND, it made for this awesome Homecoming Queen picture at the end of the shower. I am so glad we got to document all her friends and family who made her day so special!

Love you Siso!



Vendors: 
Edible Butterflies: Sugar Robot
Butterfly Cookies: SemiSweet Confections
Butterfly Oreos: Bella's Bakery and Bowtique
Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

{My Parties} Classic Red Tractor Party


#tractorparty #farmparty #tractor #greygreydesigns #birthdayexpress
What little boy doesn't go through a tractor phase? I know my two have both had a time when they were in love with tractors. 
It's really a party theme that will never go out of style. Boys (and some girls) will always love tractors! I've done TWO tractor parties this year! 

This party was styled for Birthday Express. They just created this original tractor collection, and I love that it is a red tractor instead of the John Deere green. 
Some of our family friends have a beautiful farm outside the city and we love visiting them out there. They just happen to have a giant red tractor that I was able to use at my party. My boys freaked OUT over it!
You can see them sitting on the tractor seat in this picture! Cute boys!

I started my birthday table with this cute hay printed tablecloth. I added it on top of a white floor-length linen.  On the front, I made a cute bunting using handkerchiefs and ribbon. I hot glued the handkerchief triangles directly to the ribbon for an easy DIY project. 
The beauty of this project is that you can use any color in the rainbow to match your tractor party!
For the cake, I knew I wanted to do a cake covered in "hay!" So, I toasted coconut and added it to this simple store-bought cake. Then, I added some colored popcorn around the base. I cut the cake topper out on my Silhouette and used a metallic paper to make it shine. PS--I think the "Hay!" pun is pretty funny!
I displayed it on a simple wooden box, turned on its top. 
I love the idea of every farm party having a popcorn bar! In this case, I used popcorn in the coordinating colors of the party! This candied popcorn is from Oh Nuts! I got cherry and blueberry and then popped some microwave popcorn for the third option. I displayed them in these apple baskets lined with colored handkerchiefs. 
Another fun and easy treat for a farm party is "hay bales." These are so easy to make and so cute! They are frozen pound cake that is dipped into white melting chocolate and then sprinkled with toasted coconut. They are delicious too! 
How cute do they look on these adorable tractor plates? 
Continuing with the corn theme, I filled these push pops with candy corn and added a cute party blow-out to the top. 
Whirly pops are another favorite for kids and adults alike. I used a red whirly pop and added a tractor sticker to the front. I displayed them in a miniature hay bale. 

Tractor wheels anyone? Chocolate donettes are the perfect "tire" for any vehicle themed party!


My oldest guy LOVED riding that tractor! I said, "are you driving?" and he said "I'm steering!"



Vendors:

Party Supplies: Birthday Express
Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs